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post Mar 21 2007, 09:33 PM
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Are there any draw backs to holding the pick with the thumb,index and middle finger ( steve morse type of thing ) ?


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post Mar 21 2007, 10:16 PM
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Middle finger has to go
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post Mar 21 2007, 10:59 PM
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chicken picking with middle finger is prety important technique sometimes smile.gif


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post Mar 22 2007, 09:34 PM
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QUOTE (Eat-Sleep-andJam @ Mar 21 2007, 04:33 PM) *
Are there any draw backs to holding the pick with the thumb,index and middle finger ( steve morse type of thing ) ?


I did exactly that before I started at GMC. I was convinced early on to lose the middle finger and now I am very glad that I did - I feel a lot more controlled, more relaxed and my speed is improving ...


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post Mar 22 2007, 10:01 PM
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hmm ok so I should lose it ?


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post Mar 22 2007, 10:17 PM
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i vote lose it... that finger can keep you from having more control of the pick and it can be used for a other things... try it out for awhile and if you don't like it this way go back! biggrin.gif

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post Mar 22 2007, 11:44 PM
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Do what's most comfortable, practice without the middle finger for a while though, get used to that, and then see witch style works better for your style of playing. Thier really are no rules, Steve Morse holds the pick with his middle and index finger. I've also seen great guitarists hold the pick with only the thumb and middle finger.

So try both and if you find that they both work well, but for different things, you can alternate between picking styles.


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post Mar 22 2007, 11:50 PM
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I used to play like that, then I "found" the best way to hold the pick. As soon as I started playing with two fingers in the best position, it turned out great. My methods looks almost identical to the way Pavel holds his pick, and I swear by it! My progression has improved an insane amount due to my correct picking method, and picking was my absolute biggest obstical, above anything else I've learned so far. I used to use my arm when picking, and little wrist movement, but now that I hold my arm in the right position, my wrist movement is very fast. I would advise you to lose the middle finger, and look at the way Pavel holds the pick, it helped me a rediculous amount, now I can play alot of metallica, and my speed picking has gotten great because of it. Good luck.
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post Mar 23 2007, 01:12 AM
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Well ik eddie van halen picked with the middle finger and thumb, and i tryed that and thats a real pain in the ass. But now im so comfortable with the middle finger,index and thumb that ive developed my own ways to play fast and controlled its just so natural and switchin back to the thumb and index seems like taking a step back .


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post Mar 24 2007, 01:33 AM
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QUOTE (Eat-Sleep-andJam @ Mar 23 2007, 01:12 AM) *
Well ik eddie van halen picked with the middle finger and thumb, and i tryed that and thats a real pain in the ass. But now im so comfortable with the middle finger,index and thumb that ive developed my own ways to play fast and controlled its just so natural and switchin back to the thumb and index seems like taking a step back .


Please refer to my last post in this thread. I think that it's great when someone has a different than normal picking technique, and if you can play fast and controlled with that picking technique, you should stick with it, espescially if you are happy with your playing. smile.gif But if you aren't happy with your playing, you may wanna try a different picking to get you out of your rut, and trying new techniques and ways of doing things is a good way to break out of your box. I used to pick like you do, then I changed to index+thumb, and saw a big improvement. But then I got into another rut, and swithced back to index+middle+thumb, and saw another big improvement. Now I use both and I pick better than ever. So my advice to you is try new things if you're stuck in a rut.


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post Mar 24 2007, 01:45 AM
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Thanks man always nice to hear what Rip_Dime has to say. biggrin.gif I wasnt trying to ignore your last post I was just clarifying my methods and making sure it was uundestandable. Ive started to do a combination of both and its working well. Thanks Gmcerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsssssss laugh.gif biggrin.gif smile.gif

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QUOTE (Eat-Sleep-andJam @ Mar 24 2007, 01:45 AM) *
Thanks man always nice to hear what Rip_Dime has to say. biggrin.gif I wasnt trying to ignore your last post I was just clarifying my methods and making sure it was uundestandable. Ive started to do a combination of both and its working well. Thanks Gmcerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrsssssss laugh.gif biggrin.gif smile.gif



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